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Five hours’ sleep a night linked to higher risk of multiple diseases

Getting less than five hours of sleep in mid-to-late life could be linked to an increased risk of developing at least two chronic diseases, finds a new study. Read more Source: Science Daily

Eating 5 to 6 prunes a day may prevent bone loss, osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass and density, afflicts many people, especially people over 50, leading to an increased risk of breaks and fractures. A new randomized controlled study finds that eating 5-6 prunes a day can preserve bone mass and density, arresting the development of osteoporosis. Read more Source: Medical News Today

How Does Hepatitis C Spread?

Unlike cold or flu viruses, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) does not spread easily. It is transmitted by direct contact with blood that carries the virus. Before screening donated blood for hepatitis C became mandatory in 1991, most transmission occurred through blood transfusions. Read more Source: HealthDay

Nasal COVID-19 vaccines: What you need to know

About 1 in 10 people put off getting their COVID-19 vaccine due to a fear of needles. Two companies — one in China and one in India — recently received approval in their respective countries for intranasal vaccines to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 disease. Read more Source: Medical News Today

Blood Test Shows Promise at Catching Cancers Early

A single blood test that can screen for more than 50 cancers seems to work fairly well in the real world, a preliminary study reveals. Read more Source: HealthDay

Even a 2-minute walk after a meal may help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

A new meta-analysis published in Sports Medicine suggests that even 2 to 5 minutes of light walking right after eating may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Just standing — rather than sitting — may also help, though not as much, the study found. Read more Source: Medical News Today

COVID May Help Trigger A-Fib in Some Patients

About 1 in 20 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, according to data from an American Heart Association (AHA) registry. Read more Source: HealthDay

Exercise Tips and 10 Exercises to lower high blood pressure

The ultimate guide on how exercise can help you lower high blood pressure and hypertension. Including a list of 10 helpful exercises and common questions. Read more Source: HealthDay

Brain stimulation may boost long-term, working memory in older adults

About 40% of adults ages 65 and older experience memory loss. Researchers from Boston University have found that applying noninvasive electrical stimulation to certain parts of the brain may help improve long-term and working memory in people over the age of 65 for up to a month. Read more Source: Medical News Today

Dementia: What you do while you sit may affect your risk

A new study of sedentary behavior finds that doing mentally passive activities such as watching TV increases the likelihood of developing dementia while using a computer lowers them. The difference between the two is unaffected by how physically active a person is when they are not sitting. Read more Source: Medical News Today